Main Session 2: Freight corridors for economic development (Hall 6)
India has invested heavily in developing its road network over the last 25 years. India has a network of ~5.25 mn km of roads, accounting for ~60% of total freight movement. However, National Highways, the most important links in the Indian road network carrying ~40% of total traffic movement, account for just 2% of the total road network. The government has taken steps to improve the national highway network by setting up of six corridors (4 legs of Golden quadrilateral, North-South & East-West corridors). These corridors carry 35% of total road freight.
Additionally, with 14,500 km of navigable inland waterways and a 7,500-km coastline, India has an immense potential for inland and coastal transportation. However, transportation through inland waterways has a share of less than 5% in the total logistics volumes. In comparison, China and EU transport about 45% of shipments through inland waterways. There are cost benefits of transportation through waterways and coastal shipping, with cost of these modes being half of competing modes like road and rail.
Government has taken visible steps to promote coastal shipping and inland waterway transport as viable alternates to road and rail by compensating the costs incurred on first mile and last mile connectivity, for the commodities with potential to be moved through inland waterways or coastal network. Government has also announced measures under the Sagarmala program for port-led development of coastal areas to enable multi modal transportation. Further steps like dedicated infrastructure to ensure priority berthing, port tariff rationalization to align rates for major and nonmajor ports etc. are required to make the value proposition of logistics movement through inland waterways and sea attractive for logistics players.
- Corridor approach to road development – corridor, logistics and last mile connectivity
- Coastal Shipping – Need for comprehensive ecosystem to promote adoption
- Developing inland terminals – Adopting global models to accelerate development
- Coastal Shipping & Inland Waterways – Will it drive the next wave of logistics cost transformation
Mr. Yudhvir Singh Malik
Mr. Vinayak Chatterjee
Chairman, CII National Committee
onInfrastructure & PPP and
Chairman, Feedback Infra Ltd.
Presentation (Corridors and Connectivity)
Mr. Jose Luis Irigoyen
World Bank Transport & ICT
Presentation (Coastal Shipping)
Mr. Anil Devli
Chief Executive Officer
Presentation (Inland waterways and logistics)
Mr. H. F.W. de Leijer
STC NESTRA, Netherlands
Mr Adesh Sharma, Chairman, DFCCIL
Mr Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust
Mr K V Praveen, Executive Vice President and Head, Roads, Elevated Corridors & Runways Business, Larsen & Toubro Ltd
Mr Vivek Kele, President, Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India
Mr Anil Singh, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, DP World